Although November is Indigenous People’s Heritage Month in the U.S., we wanted to bring global awareness to honor First Nations people around the world.

 Read on to learn more about indigenous performers, artists, and musicians who are queer or two-spirit!   

 

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs

Reservation Dogs Actress Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs was born and raised in Kahnawa:ke Mohawk Territory in Canada. Along with acting, she is a writer, director and producer who told Out that she wants to tell stories from queer and indigenous communities: “As excited as I am that we’re finally beginning to see our stories on-screen, as [a] queer Mohawk woman, I’ve still yet to see myself resembled…and until we have as many Native stories out there as we have storytellers, I will keep fighting to forge our place through the industry.”

 

Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman is a two-spirit visual artist and a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Canada. He explores the theme of colonization, sexualization, loss and resilience in his work. His gender-fluid alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle often appears in his work as, “A time-traveling, shape-shifting, supernatural being who reverses the colonial gaze to challenge received notions of history and Indigenous peoples,” Monkman said on his website. 

 

Ilona Verley

Ilona Verley first came into the spotlight during season one of Canada’s Drag Race. Along with being a drag performer, she is a makeup artist and loves a monochromatic pastel moment. They are part of the Nlaka’Pamux Nation as well as two-spirit and nonbinary. Verley told GLAAD that, “Part of being two-spirit for me is understanding that I have to accept both of these male and female parts of me and that maybe, for me, my happiness isn’t in picking one end of the spectrum.”

 

Angel Haze

Reservation Rapper Angel Haze is agender and pansexual as well as Black and Cherokee. She raps about homophobia and rape culture and just released her new EP Girl with the Gun after six years. He posted on Instagram that, “To finally find home in my body, in the skin…thats freedom to me. And it dont matter if im a boy or a girl, ill beat the brakes off that bitch either way, brother.”

 

Jojo Zaho

Although Jojo Zaho’s time on Drag Race Down Under was cut short, she is proud to be the show’s first Aboriginal drag queen. Jojo is Biripi and Worimi. She told NewNowNext that it was a lot of pressure to be the first, “In regards of not only representing my drag but also representing my culture as much as I can while incorporating it into my drag. Indigenous Australians don’t often get quite large platforms, so I definitely took the pressure upon myself to represent me and my culture and community to the best of my ability,” she said.

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Aliya Hall

Aliya Hall (she/her) is a lesbian writer and freelance journalist based in Portland, U.S. Her favorite things to write about include the LGBTQ+ community and books. She hosts the Sapphic Stories Bookclub as well as cohosts the podcast, Shit We Wrote. Hall is also in the editing process of her first novel, a sapphic science-fantasy duology. When she’s not writing, she’s probably on the couch embroidering next to her three cats and live-in girlfriend. 

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